4th Anniversary of Chocolate Storytime

February is Black History Month and Chocolate Storytime’s 4th anniversary.  So this time of year is very special.  During this special month, Chocolate Storytime partners with the City of Pasadena Community Services Department supervisor, Jarvis Emerson, who recommends the special guest from the Black History Celebration Planning Committee. It was a multigenerational storytime at La Pintoresca Branch Library.  Chocolate Storytime opened up with “Lift Ev’ry … Continue reading 4th Anniversary of Chocolate Storytime

Natural Holiday Hair for Kids

Coming this November 17, 2017 we will read stories all about hair!  The holidays are coming and we want kids to embrace and value their naturally kinky, curly, and coily tresses. Join us at LaPintoresca Branch Library at 4pm.  Master stylist and owner of Pasadena’€™s Strandz Hair Studio, Tonya Fairley, also known as the “Hair Whisperer”, will demonstrate natural hair care techniques, plus products, tips … Continue reading Natural Holiday Hair for Kids

Oobleck Slime at Chocolate Storytime

Five minutes before Chocolate Storytime begins, the leader usually goes around giving a final call to the library patrons and to kids and parents outside in the park.  This time, a nice family who was in the park with their little children were invited to come. Surprisingly, the whole family agreed to visit, including 3 adults and several middle school boys. Once inside, the kids … Continue reading Oobleck Slime at Chocolate Storytime

Ice Cream on a Hot June Afternoon

It was an ordinary hot afternoon, so it was very nice to come into the library, where it was cool, quiet, and relaxing. Ms. Ayesha went out to the La Pintoresca Day Camp leader to ask if the younger kids could come in for a while to enjoy stories.  Usually, we read around 3 books, but because we were not going to do a craft, … Continue reading Ice Cream on a Hot June Afternoon

Read Aloud with Your Child Challenge

For the month of April, our Girl Scout Juniors (some of whom have attended and/or volunteered at Chocolate Storytime) went to San Francisco, California for the weekend to participate in the Golden Gate Bridging.  So our wonderful librarian, Rosa Cesaretti, led the reading for Chocolate Storytime!  Rosa has been at La Pintoresca Branch Library for 4 years, and we are fortunate to have her.  She has … Continue reading Read Aloud with Your Child Challenge

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority’s ASCEND Visits Chocolate Storytime

Pasadena’s Black Greeks hold a considerable position in the social and cultural fabric of the San Gabriel Valley.  We are very fortunate to have such active organizations that are so totally committed to community service. Toni Jones, from Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., brought high school students, Taylor Holmes and Nadira Johnson, from their ASCEND program, to read and assist with crafts at Chocolate Storytime. … Continue reading Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority’s ASCEND Visits Chocolate Storytime

Chocolate Storytime’s 3rd Anniversary

Thankfully, we have made it to our third year!  With the help of the fantastic staff at La Pintoresca Park and the wonderful volunteers, Chocolate Storytime is at 3 years strong.  We’ve read dozens of books to hundreds of children and families, and it has definitely been a rewarding experience for all who have participated.  Our desire is to keep up the momentum and continue … Continue reading Chocolate Storytime’s 3rd Anniversary